Ellen Odoner co-heads the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Group, which advises U.S. and foreign public companies, as well as a wide range of private entities and not-for-profit organizations, on corporate governance, securities regulation and compliance.
Ms. Odoner represents boards of directors, audit committees and other committees of independent directors in complex matters. These include public disclosure, financial restatements and internal control matters, internal investigations, board and executive leadership transitions, relationships with controlling stockholders, related party transactions, board and committee evaluations, relationships with the independent auditor and shareholder activism. She also represents the governance bodies of significant not-for-profit institutions.
Ms. Odoner is included in the 2020, 2019 and 2018 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom compiled by NACD Directorship magazine. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. Ms. Odoner is consistently recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers in America and various other publications. In Chambers USA, clients describe her as “smart, sharp and great at thinking strategically” and as “a most trusted adviser" who is "always thoughtful" and "extremely patient and valuable." She is also praised for being an “incredibly bright, hardworking, big-picture thinker” and “a wonderful resource in very tough situations.” She was named “Best in Corporate Governance” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2015 and the same year was also named among the “Top Women” for M&A in New York by Super Lawyers.
Ms. Odoner has a deep background in merger and acquisition transactions, including those with cross-border elements. She has extensive experience representing non-U.S. companies in the U.S. and in structuring multi jurisdictional transactions to harmonize U.S. and non U.S. regimes and obtain innovative SEC relief.
Ms. Odoner served as chief of staff to the Hon. Harvey Goldschmid, co-chair of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group established to advise the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board on the standard-setting implications of the global financial crisis.
Ms. Odoner frequently writes and speaks on legal developments affecting public companies and independent directors. She received the prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing in 2018 for co-authoring “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Directors in Uncertain Times.”
Ms. Odoner is active in Weil’s diversity and pro bono initiatives. She was the founding chair of Women@Weil and leads the Firm’s participation in the New York City Bar’s African Visiting Lawyers Program. She serves as pro bono counsel to the board of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and to the governance committees of the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet. She also leads the Firm’s representation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and serves on its board of directors and audit committee.